We associate plump, bouncy, collagen-rich skin with youth and vitality. Babies have chubby cheeks that remind us of being young, while older adults often experience the opposite: flattening or sunken cheeks. People typically have a more heart-shaped face in their youth, with high cheekbones and full cheeks that taper down to a defined jaw and pointed chin. This becomes a more bottom-heavy, square face shape as fat and skin shift downward while the cheeks and temples become narrower as we get older.
Collagen, which is the most abundant protein in our bodies, is what gives strength and structure to our skin. When the production of this substance begins to decline with age, our skin becomes thinner, drier, and less elastic. Minimally invasive procedures, such as Ultherapy®, help to reverse the aging process by encouraging the body to rebuild collagen. What many people want to know is: How long does Ultherapy® really last? Our Los Angeles-area patients can expect the results to be long-lasting, and there are also some steps they can take to get the most out of this treatment.
Topical creams or lotions aren’t effective at increasing collagen production because the molecules are too large to be able to be absorbed by the skin. The reason why Ultherapy® is so effective at enhancing the quality of the skin is because it stimulates the body’s own collagen production in the deep layers to trigger the skin’s natural renewal process.
The lifespan of results varies depending on the individual because the treatment works by promoting each person’s natural collagen regeneration process. The patient’s individual aging will affect how long they’ll see improvements on their skin.
In most cases, results will last for up to a year or longer, but—again—each person ages in a unique way. That said, patients can maintain their skin-firming and tightening results by having repeat treatments or by getting antioxidants from their diet or topical products such as retinols. Regularly washing, exfoliating, and protecting the skin from sun damage also helps to preserve the skin’s existing collagen.
There’s plenty of information available online about Ultherapy®, but the Los Angeles-based Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills team can provide a clear explanation and guide you on this procedure. Schedule a consultation by calling us at 310-246-0495 or submit a contact form.